by ANDY SEVILLA
A state district court has found the Hays County District Attorney’s office free of impropriety in the case involving Shawn Nathan Shipman after a Writ of Habeas Corpus was denied in July and Shipman subsequently entered a guilty plea on Aug. 14.
Shipman pleaded guilty to two counts of engaging in organized criminal activity and one count of possession with intent to deliver a dangerous drug. Shipman received a 498-day sentence in a state jail facility, with credit for time served.
“This plea ends what has been, in my opinion, a needlessly controversial subject matter of much debate among the citizens of Hays County,” said Mark D. Kimball, who was appointed by the court as Attorney Pro Tem representing the State of Texas after Hays County District Attorney Sherri Tibbe recused her office from the case. “Mr. Shipman’s guilt during this controversy was never in question.”
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